Andre Leon Talley died in a White Plains, New York hospital. The fashion star died at the age of 73, and it’s still unknown what he was fighting in the hospital. Several members of the fashion industry, including designers and models, have paid tribute.
Talley studied French literature before becoming an apprentice at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1974. He was born in Washington, DC, and reared by his grandmother in North Carolina.
He was Vogue’s former creative director and one-time editor-at-large. From 1983 to 1987, he served as the magazine’s fashion news director, then as the first African-American male creative director from 1988 to 1995, and last as editor-at-large from 1998 to 2013. He also served as a stylist for former US President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Talley has also contributed to a number of publications, including Women’s Wear Daily, W, and even a brief spell at the New York Times, where he covered fashion. Talley had written about a biography of Lagerfeld and a book of photographs of John Galliano’s years at Dior as a contributor to Air Mail in recent years. Talley’s book, The Chiffon Trenches, was published in 2020 and became a best-seller.